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42-5058

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17F 42-5058 "Hun Hunter" was delivered Cheyenne 6-Sep-42; Presque Is 19-Oct-42; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-H] Chelveston 30-Oct-42; Missing in Action 16-Feb-43 while on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St Nazaire, France. Shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed at Molac, France. 8KIA 2POW MACR 15497.

P 1Lt Henry M. Burman (POW); CP 2Lt Leonard E. Duncan (KIA)
N 2Lt Dominick N. Lazzaro (POW); B 2Lt Robert R. Mericle (KIA)
E/TTG TSgt Ralph A. Livengood (KIA); RO TSgt Herbert H Burnette (KIA)
BTG SSgt Carl E. Olson,Jr. (KIA); LWG Sgt Michael J. Stanko (KIA)
RWG SSgt Howard M. Jones (KIA); TG Sgt Erban L. Jones (KIA)

Service

Units

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Henry Burman

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Flew 12 missions. Shot down on 16 February 1943 on 13th to St. Nazaire in B-17F 42-5058 'Hun Hunter' while serving as Pilot. Aircraft wa attacked by German fighters and crashed near Morlac, France. He managed to baled out and was captured as Prisoner...

  • Herbert Burnette

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down on 16 February 1943 in B-17F 42-5058 'The Hun Hunter' while serving as Radio Operator. Aircraft was shot down by fighters on return from a mission to St. Nazaire, France. No burial record could be located . It is probably that he baled out of...

  • Leonard Duncan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down on 16 February 1943 on in B-17F 42-5058 'Hun Hunter' while serving as Co-Pilot. No burial record could be located. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Erban Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down on 16 February 1943 in B-17F 42-5058 'Hun Hunter' while serving as Tail Gunner. Aircraft was on return from a mission to St. Nazaire when it was shot down. I t crashed into a lake near Molac, France. No burial record located. Killed in Action...

  • Erban Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Howard Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down on 16 February 1943 on in B-17F 42-5058 'Hun Hunter' while serving as Waist Gunner. Aircraft was attacked by fighters on return from a mission to St. Nazaire, france and crashed near Molac, France No burial record was located. Killed in...

  • Dominick Lazzaro

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down on 16 February 1943 in B-17F 42-5058 'Hun Hunter' while serving as Navigator. Aircraft was shot down by fighters on mission to St. Nazaire, France and crashed near Morlac, France. He was able to bale out and was captured as Prisoner of War ...

  • Ralph Livengood

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down on 16 February 1943 on in B-17F 42-5058 'Hun Hunter' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Aircraft was shot down by fighters on return from a mission to St. Nazaire and crashed at Morlac, France. It is probable that he baled out of...

  • Robert Mericle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down on 16 February 1943 in B-17F 42-5058 'Hun Hunter' while serving as Bombardier. Aircraft was shot down by fighters on return from bombing the target of St. Nazaire, France and crashed at Molac, France. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Carl Olson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Carl Olson was shot down 16-Feb-43 in B-17F 42-5058 'Hun Hunter' while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Aircraft was shot down upon return from a mission to St. Nazaire, France. No burial record could be located. It is possible that he baled out of the...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 36

    16 February 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are designated as the primary target of this mission of 71 B-17s and 18 B-24s. B-17s are from 91BG (18); 303BG (15); 305BG (18); 306BG (20) of these 59 are effective on the target and 6 are lost....

Places

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Molac, France 16 February 1943

Shot down by enemy fighters and crashed at Le Favre in the community of Molac, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2015 19:07:17 Lee8thbuff Changes to nicknames, markings, description, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 30-Jan-2015. Added nickname, markings, FTR description and Description edits per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; Made connections to Place and Mission within existing website data; Added crew position, rank, full proper name and disposition per MACR 15497; converted dates to military-style signification; formatted crew display.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15477 / MACR 15497 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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